AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls will look to stretch their winning streak to four games tonight (Saturday) but it won’t be easy as they face the undefeated Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
The Bulls are coming off a successful Inaugural home opener where they blanked the Texas Tornado 1-0 in a shootout. The two teams battled hard for 65 minutes and Bulls forward Terrance Johnson was the only person to solve the goaltenders as he beat Jake Stafford of the Tornado in the shootout. Nikifor Szczerba was outstanding in net for Amarillo stopping all 42 shots he faced.
The Wildcats also had to go to a shootout in their home opener, defeating the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-3. Wichita Falls led 3-2 in the third period when the Ice Dogs tied the game with 17 seconds remaining.
Specialty teams could be an interesting statistic to follow in the contest as the Wildcats have top power play and the third best penalty killing in the NAHL. The Bulls penalty killing was very effective against Texas, keeping the visitors off the score sheet in four attempts.
In four of the first five games the Amarillo Bulls were a fast starting team, scoring in the opening period and had the upper hand in the shots on goal department. In contrast the Wildcats have been a slow starting team, scoring just three first period goals in five games, and have been outshot by their opponents.
Fans can tune into all of the action on ESPN 1440, beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska brings you all of the exciting play by play at 7 pm. Fast Hockey is the Pay-Per-View provider for the NAHL and fans can watch the game for just $6.95. The webcast can be accessed by visiting www.amarillobulls.com.
The big weekend of hockey closes out for the Amarillo Bulls tomorrow (Sunday) night when they host the Corpus Christi Ice Rays at 6 pm in The Bull Pen at the Amarillo Civic Center. This is your opportunity to witness the speed and excitement of the NAHL and Amarillo Bulls. Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets, on line at www.amarillobulls.com or by calling 806-242-1122.